Pinkie “Totsie” Woods Adams, 84, departed this earthly life on Friday, October 22, 2010 at Palmetto Richland Hospital, Columbia. Born in Turbeville (Clarendon County) on February 7, 1926, she was a daughter of the late Harrison Kenzie Woods and Josephine McCray Woods.
She was a graduate of Melina Parochial School, Coulter Memorial Academy and received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Morris College.
In her youth, she joined Hickory Grove Freeville Baptist Church. She attended Holy House of Prayer while living in Brooklyn, N. Y., and after relocating to Sumter, she attended New Covenant Presbyterian Church and later joined Jehovah Missionary Baptist Church, where she was a member of the Tuesday Bible School Group.
Mrs. Adams was first employed as an educator at Lodebar Elementary School. She was a Jewelry Designer and later worked at P. S. 159 Elementary School, Brooklyn, N. Y. After relocating to Sumter, she worked as a Substitute Teacher at Oakland Elementary School, and was the owner of Adams Package Store.
She was a devoted member of the North Main Community Club. Her interests included decorating her home, listening to her 45 records on Friday night and baking delicious potato pies.
She leaves to cherish her memories: an only son, Alton Dexter Adams of Irmo; two brothers, Thomas R. Woods of Sumter and James R. Woods of Washington, D. C.; three sisters-in-law, Ella G. (Warren) Russell of Brooklyn, N. Y., Goldie Mae Delay of Florence, and her beloved sister-in-law, Azalee Woods-Knox of Sumter; a brother-in-law, Rev. John Epps of Greensboro, N. C.; her devoted niece, Thomasenia (Joseph) Gaines of Sumter; her extended family, Sylvester Holland, Valerie Holland and Terry Holland, all of Sumter, and Larry Adams of Hillside, N. J.; special friends, Doris Smith, and Mary Lou Wheeler; a host of other nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Lora Jane Woods, and a brother, Charlton Woods.
Funeral services will be held 12:00 Noon, Thursday, October 28, 2010 from the Jehovah Missionary Baptist Church, 803 South Harvin Street, Sumter with the Rev. Marion H. Newton, senior pastor, Minister Retha Nelson, pastor of New Covenant Progressive Church, eulogist, Pastor Velda Rucker, presiding, assisted by Pastor Randall Jackson, Associated Pastor of Bible Way Church, Minister Frances Williams of Bible Way Church, and Pastor Ricky Simmons, youth pastor of Jehovah Missionary Baptist Church.
The family will receive friends at the home of Joseph and Thomasina Gaines 717 North Main Street, Sumter.
The Remains will be placed in the church for viewing at 11:00 a. m.
The funeral procession will leave from the home of Joseph and Thomasina Gaines at 11:30 a. m.
Floral bearers and Pall bearers will be Jehovah Church family and friends.
Interment will be in the Hickory Grove Freeville Baptist Church, Turbeville.